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3 Healthy Foods that are making you FAT

I know that it can hard to navigate what’s healthy and what’s not these days. Especially because food companies love to “trick” you into thinking their products are healthy. The following are the 3 most common foods I see on food journals and people think they are healthy, but in reality they could be adding significantly to your waistline and destroying all hopes of a sexy midsection. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

1. Diet Soda

OK. I think I might go on a rant here. You were warned.

Just because something has ZERO calories on the label doesn’t automatically mean it’s good for you (or that it’s even better for you than the alternative) and it definitely doesn’t mean you can eat or drink as much of it as you like. In fact, the opposite is often true, ESPECIALLY IF YOU SEE IT ON TV.* I am MUCH more suspicious of “diet” foods than I am of the full fledged versions. Usually, big food companies have to take out the thing that makes something taste good i.e. sugar or fat, and replace it with a chemicalized, highly processed, wholly unnatural ingredient to make up for it. Honestly, I don’t even understand how it’s even legal.


Diet soda is a big one. Diet soft drinks have been linked to increased hunger, fat gain, and an increased risk of diabetes. Have you ever heard of aspartame poisoning? Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in diet soda. The FDA published a study in 2002 that linked consumption of aspartame to blurred/decreased vision, tunnel vision, blindness in one or both eyes, headaches, dizziness, severe hyperactivity, “restless leg” syndrome, depression, irritability, insomnia to just name a few. Really the list goes on. My fiance has a friend who was initially diagnosed with MS but later found out that she has aspartame poisoning with symptoms that presented as MS. She stopped drinking diet soda, and bam! She got better. True story. And it’s not that uncommon. Aspartame has also been shown to increase your weight because it tricks your brain into thinking it’s going to get some fuel with the insulin response, but when it doesn’t come your body goes into deprivation mode and stores MORE fat. And just so you know, those little blue packets of Equal you like to throw in with your coffee is just a packet of aspartame i.e. packet of poison. And did you know that it used to be a subsidiary of Monsanto?!? Nuff said. I have been known to take all the packets of Equal at restaurants just to throw them out later. I think you should start too. It could be a revolution ya’ll.

*My general rule of thumb is that if you see a something claiming to be healthy on TV, you probably shouldn’t buy it.

2. Whole Wheat/Whole Grains

Most of us have grown up around the old school food pyramid that wanted you to eat 5-8 servings of grains/day. Do you remember that? It actually might have been something like 12 servings. All I know is that it was at the bottom that food pyramid and you were supposed to eat more grains and breads than any other food group.Old food pyramid

And we see where that got us right? If you’re unsure, just take a look around. Hell, you might just have to look down at your own belly.

Well here’s the truth: we don’t need whole grains (including whole wheat) in our diets. Not at all. In fact, it was very recently in human history that we even started eating them at all.  Now we are trained mentally to crave them and they are everywhere we go. And they are a cheap source of a lot of calories, which when we were all pulling the hoes ourselves on farms might have been a good thing. But now, since the majority of “work” these days revolves around sitting at a computer or desk, we definitely don’t need large amounts of cheap calories. Big food companies claim to want us to be “healthier” by putting “whole grains” on their packaging. But the truth is, whole wheat spikes your insulin levels just as much or more than that piece of white bread you were avoiding. And when you spike insulin, you create a perfect environment for encouraging your body to STORE fat, instead of burning it.


3. Vegetable oils

I never use vegetable oil in my house. In fact the only oils I use for cooking are avocado oil and coconut oil. Nope not evenavocado oil olive oil. The reason vegetable oils are so bad for you is because they contain far too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough of the good fat- omega-3’s. This poor ratio can lead to increased inflammation and can cause damage to your cells. Heating it also causes it to break down turning it into a trans fatty acid, which we all know is terrible for your health.<–So bad in fact that the FDA finally decided to ban it. Seriously though, it only took them about 100 years.

So I highly recommend avocado oil as it has the highest burning point of around 500 degrees. Then coconut oil. I rarely even use olive oil for cooking because it begins to break down at just 350 degrees, instead I use it in dressings only.

Action Time!

1) Go take a good look at your pantry. Get rid of all the vegetable oils and commit to buying to coconut or avocado oil on your next trip to the grocery store.  Remember this general rule when you are cooking: High heat = avocado oil. Low – medium heat = coconut oil. Sauces, dressings = olive oil.

2) If you are a diet soda drinker. STOP IT. Put your right hand out in front of you, palm down. Take your left hand and place it directly above your right, also palm down. Now quickly lower your left hand fast enough to smack your right hand. And say BAD! Now go get yourself some sparkling water instead if you need that fizzy goodness.

3) If you have a hard time giving up the breads and pastas in your life, just start with breakfast. Commit to having a grain free breakfast in the morning and then slowly work on the other meals of the day. Instead of the toast, scone or muffin, try scrambled eggs and spinach or even sausage, sweet potatoes and yes I’m gonna say it, kale. Gasp! Yes ladies and gentlemen, I eat kale for breakfast almost every single day.
So there you have it. If you’ve been eating these things thinking they are healthy, you can no longer claim ignorance. You know the truth. And knowledge is power. Now make sure you share it with someone else so they can know too.